Provisional legislators acknowledged the Financial Secretary's efforts to revitalise the economy, but many members said Mr Tsang could have done more. Democratic Alliance for the Betterment of Hong Kong chairman Tsang Yok-sing said estimates of the surplus were too conservative. 'The Government could do more - for example, raise personal tax allowances more and make a bigger cut in the rates,' he said. As political parties were busy claiming credit for many of the initiatives, independent Andrew Wong Wang-fat said Mr Tsang was wise to slash the reserves in an election year. 'I'll give him 99 marks out of 100,' Mr Wong said. The freeze in fees, smaller surplus and mortgage relief were given the thumbs-up by all parties. The Association for Democracy and People's Livelihood proposed supporting the Budget for the first time since entering the Legislative Council in 1991. Liberal Party member and Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce chairman James Tien Pei-chun gave the Budget an 'A' grade and said it was good news for the business community. 'Mr Tsang made a lot of concessions and we still have a surplus of $10.7 billion which will send a positive message to the international community,' Mr Tien said. However, the Federation of Trade Unions gave Mr Tsang only a pass. Spokesman Cheng Yiu-tong said: 'What was spelt out in the Budget can only partly ease the public's economic difficulties.' The Frontier's ousted legislator, Emily Lau Wai-hing, said she would not be 'jumping with joy' about the tax allowances. Little was done for those who did not pay tax. 'I reckon the sandwich class benefits most, but the poor feel left out,' she said. The Democratic Party said the concessions were a gesture rather than a step to ease the economic downturn. Citizens Party chairman Christine Loh Kung-wai gave the financial chief '70 out of 100 despite the fact he is a bit stingy on the rates cut'.